As the season changes and we turn up the heating we often find that our skin really does cry out for moisture. Chapped lips and flaky skin are not unusual for this season. This year we aren’t helped with the addition of face masks which can cause additional irritation and add to dry skin.
Below we discuss a few ways in which you can help to prevent winter skin and keep it as hydrated as possible.
Avoid harsh cleansers that strip the natural oils from your skin.
It is better not to use very harsh and stripping cleansers and make up removers. We believe in nourishing the skin and would recommend using an oil or balm cleanser. Cleansing balms are beautiful as they are gentle on the skin and can be used in a double cleansing routine. We don’t believe you need to use multiple cleansers on the skin (which will also reduce your packaging waste).
Avoid taking very long hot baths or showers.
It is best not to take very hot showers or baths. The heating process will affect the water in your skin which will be reduced via evaporation which is a process called trans epidermal water loss (TEWL). If you can, try to keep showers short and baths warm.
Choose the right ingredients
Choose emollients and humectants such as squalane (the stable form of squalene), urea, hyaluronic acid and glycerin along with plant oils. The combination of natural moisturising factors and fats will assist with preventing TEWL.
Our Sleeping mask contains a combination of these plus additional nourishing actives.
Include heart and skin healthy fats in your diet
Eating a diet which is balanced with fats i.e., monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are beneficial in your overall health but also the skin. Eggs are a rich source of amino acids and also contain HDL cholesterol which are also beneficial as these are natural lipids within our skin and ensuring your diet is adequate will mean the cells have not dehydrated and lack any water carrying ability.
Including these fats such as those found in oily fish, nuts and extra virgin olive oil will also assist in ensuring your skin is kept healthy and the cells nourished. If your skin is particularly dry you or don’t particularly like oily fish then you could also consider taking a fish oil supplement.
We get hydration from drinking water and also from our food. Ensure a water rich diet by including foods such as cucumber, peppers (capsicums), tomatoes, green leafy vegetables and fruits. These will provide fibre and additionally antioxidants which are good for our overall health and skin. If you don’t already do so, include green or white tea, equally herbal teas will provide hydration with additional antioxidants.
We believe getting enough sleep is crucial. During the night when we sleep our skin repairs itself. Ensure a nutritious meal with protein, fat and vitamins and minerals. Keep hydrated and ensure plenty of time for rest. Try to put down your phone plenty of time before bed, read a good book and relax. Resetting for the next day.
Note: The above is very challenging to achieve with young children present. Hence an application of The Josie Rose Sleeping mask may assist in hiding a poor night’s sleep.